FOR THE LOVE OF LIZ”
Hannon's Passion - Elizabeth Taylor
1963, on a crisp November evening, 13 year old Winnipegger, Hannon
Bell went to
see the film Cleopatra. The impact of that evening at the movies
transformed his world. From that moment, Hannon Bell began his lifelong
interest and dedication to the life and career of Elizabeth Taylor.
almost 50 years later the result of collecting, compiling and cataloguing
is the world’s most fantastic private collection of photographs
(over 20,000 in over 90 binders) documenting her life and career.
Bell has a fantastic collection of Taylor pictures”
John Springer, Press Agent to Elizabeth Taylor (to
interviewer Gene Telpner in NYC May 1977)
photographically travels from 1932, the year of her birth to the
present stopping along the way covering the decades of her life,
family, friends, husbands, films and more in unerring accuracy.
compliment you on creating a collection of her photographs of such
Aaron R. Frosch (Taylor’s lawyer)
Hannon has accomplished is short of phenomenal, producing a photographic
anthology on the life and career of Elizabeth Taylor.
Hannon, who has the finest Elizabeth Taylor collection in the world”
C. David Heymann 1991 NYC (author of “A
Woman Named Jackie” and “Liz, An Intimate Biography
of Elizabeth Taylor”)
to be the most unique, most comprehensive of its kind in the world
it is also the largest.
Bell has the largest collection of Liz Taylor pictures in the world”
The Toronto Sunday Sun Aug. 4/85
press took notice and since 1973 articles have been written on his
collection in major newspapers across Canada and the United States
such as The Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun, The Vancouver Sun, The
Winnipeg Free Press and the National Enquirer to name a few.
Taylor is the Queen of Hollywood and Hannon Bell is her most loyal
National Enquirer 1999
collection has been noted in PEOPLE, LIFE and CELEBRITY. There
have been acknowledgements and praise given from press agents
John Springer and Chen Sam, writers Kitty Kelly and C. David Heymann.
The collection and it’s dedicated collector have made numerous
appearances on TV and radio throughout Canada and the United States.
This all attests to it being the finest and most comprehensive
collection of photographs of Elizabeth Taylor in the world.
library of clippings, pictures and tapes you have amassed on the
life and career of Elizabeth Taylor”
John Springer NYC
The Guinness Book of Records has called the collection
Collection is comprised of over 20,000 pieces gathered from many, many sources from all over the world. There
are many beautiful and rare black & white studio photos, color
“glossies”, studio programs, newspaper clippings,
magazine covers, posters, letters and more. There are rare and
never before published photos and original date stamped photographic
proof sheets taken on the set of Cleopatra.
one of the two Henry Wynberg binders, there is a rare published
photo taken in Russia of Elizabeth Taylor without make up. Also
in the collection are rare studio costume stills, which forms
an integral part of the binder “Cleopatra – On the
the three volumes covering the 1950’s, two are dedicated
to the famous Glamour portraits shot during that era.
A look into the actress as an actress is found
in the binder covering The Little Foxes.
Rare shots of Elizabeth making up in a mirror show yet another
side of her persona as do Hannon Bell’s own photos taken
of Elizabeth during The Little Foxes run in New York City.
sultry, seductive, sexy, matronly, vulgar, gorgeous and regal
are all terms that describe the photographic deliciousness of
Elizabeth Taylor at one time or another”
Hannon Bell – Life Magazine 1982 (on
her 50th birthday)
very touching and tender letter to Hannon Bell from Chen Sam in
the binder on Richard Burton’s death forms a personal component
of this remarkable collection.
to the validity and history of the collection is the Press binder
housing all original press clippings written about the collection
as well as all original letters from John Springer, Chen Sam,
Kitty Kelly, C. David Heymann, People Magazine and others all
in chronological order.
Vancouver Sun June 6/95
“Your fascinating pursuit”
Kitty Kelly 1982, author of “The Last
Stand” (Taylor) and “My Way” (Sinatra)
“How in the world did you get that many (photos)?"
Gwin Tate May/91
there’s more… an original 1961 Cleopatra script with
its type written pages to its unique insertion note by director
Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
is an exhaustive video film library of Taylor’s work. The
collection also includes a significant library of non-fiction
books written by various authors on the many fascinating aspects
of the life and times of Elizabeth Taylor.
working closely with author C. David Heymann, Hannon Bell is given
credit in the chapter notes and acknowledgements in his Biography
of Taylor, “An Intimate Biography of Elizabeth Taylor”.
Mr. Heymann autographed a note in his book “A Woman Named
Jackie”, which he sent to Hannon while working with him
on his book, “To Hannon, who has the finest Elizabeth Taylor
collection in the world”.
collection in its entirety is mind-boggling.
Taylor was astounded by your collection”
Chen Sam July 27/76, personal aide and press agent
to Elizabeth Taylor.
Hannon Bell collection holds many firsts.
People Magazine gave Mr. Bell the distinction of being the first
person to comment on the first People cover of Elizabeth Taylor.
T-shirt “HANNON’S PASSION – ELIZABETH TAYLOR
was noticed by Taylor in a 1976 magazine article and was requested
to be sent to her. It is widely thought by many to be the inspiration
for the naming of Elizabeth Taylor’s “Passion”
Perfume, launched a decade later.
Man and his Passion”
script from Passion print ad.
of two lyric awards from the American Song Festival, Hannon Bell
has written 3 songs about Elizabeth Taylor… The Lavender
Lady, Love at the Movies and I’m A Fan.
In 1976 Hannon Bell sang The Lavender Lady to press agents John
Springer and Chen Sam and a copy was sent to Taylor.
Lavender Lady has a chorus of “She’s the Lady oh yes,
the Lavender Lady, the Lady oh yes, my passion, my passion, my
passion”. The reference to “passion” in the
song along with the t–shirts labeled “HANNON”S
PASSION – ELIZABETH TAYLOR”, it is easy to see why
this may have influenced the naming of her now very famous perfume,
Elizabeth Taylor’s “Passion”.
a Fan,” speaks of Hannon’s first sighting of Elizabeth
Taylor in person at the stage door in 1981 during “The Little
Foxes” run in New York. She had just returned to the show
that night after an absence due to illness.
“Love at the Movies,” is an autobiographical account
of how as a 13-year-old, Hannon was smitten by Elizabeth Taylor,
began the collection as a hobby which quickly got out of control
with wonderful consequences.
Fan … He’s The Ultimate”
Winnipeg Free Press May 26/77
Taylor’s staying power and tenacity is more than legendary.
Her place in Hollywood history is a phenomenon of unequaled precedence.
have her whole life on file – The Highs, Lows, Tragedies
Taylor, often referred to as the “most beautiful woman in
the world”, starred in the most expensive film ever made,
Cleopatra. She was the first to command and get (the most ever
paid to an actor up to that point), the unheard salary of $1,000,000
while Burton received $250,000 for his contribution in the same
Bell has compiled the most unique and fabulous collection of photographs
and related material on Elizabeth Taylor.
a Wiz on Liz – Liz Taylor’s Biggest Fan”
Toronto Sunday Sun Aug. 4/85
Almost 50 years of intense and dedicated work, Hannon Bell is now prepared
to offer for sale this magnificent, one of a kind collection in
Renowned Collector – Hannon Bell”
Press advertisement for The Liz Taylor
Silver Screen Event at The Bay … March/97
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